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Festival Wedding Exhibitions

happily ever after. ronald joyce for a fairytale wedding at ness gardens – laura & richard

April 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (49)

This afternoon’s real wedding is pretty and sweet and features lots of pops of our favourite colour, pink! It’s no wonder then that we loved it as soon as we set eyes on it!

Having dreamt of her big day since being read fairytales as a little girl, bride Laura decided on a ‘once upon on time’ romantic theme for her big day, complete with loved-up pink colour scheme. We adore all the bright and charming elements that make the wedding stand off the page; from the stunning outdoor garden setting to the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and the dreamy blooms. A fine fairytale indeed!

With images by Emma Hillier Photography.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (20)

laura says: We got engaged in March 2014, Richard had organised a surprise trip for my birthday to the Lake District. It was raining that day so we took cover in the hotel that Richard had booked my favourite afternoon tea at. Once the rain slowly started to go off he suggested we take a walk around the hotel’s beautiful grounds. As we were walking all of a sudden the sun came out and he got down on one knee in the wet grass and asked me to marry him! I was completely overjoyed and through some very happy tears, I said yes!

We were keen to get married as quickly as we could but realised that we needed time to plan and save so we decided we would get married the following year. We wanted a Saturday wedding in one of the summer months, we checked dates with our venue and the registrar and we were able to book our wedding on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (22)

Richard didn’t really want to get married in a church and although we have been to many beautiful weddings in hotels it didn’t really fit in with what we wanted. I’d heard Ness Gardens in The Wirral, held weddings outside so a week after we got engaged we went to see the venue. We both instantly fell in love with it – it was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. The gardens are so beautiful and getting married outside felt really magical. We never went to look at any other venues as we just knew this was where we were supposed to get married.

Ever since I was a little girl and my mum read me stories of fairytales, this is what I’d dreamed my wedding would be, my very own fairytale with my own happily ever after. So I chose a romantic theme for mine and Richard’s big day. For my table names I chose my favourite romance films and then from each film I used a quote about love. I also had signs made with love quotes on and hired some amazing light up love letters from Rock That Letter.

I used Pinterest a lot for inspiration and a pink colour scheme just stood out for me – it’s one of my favourite colours and added to my romantic theme. Once the room was dressed it looked even more beautiful than I had imagined.

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making dreams into memories: big chief tipis

April 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our talented Brides Up North Sponsors to the blog, the wonderful Big Chief Tipis.

There’s not much that the company’s team (aka the ‘Little Chiefs’) don’t know about staging a dream outdoor wedding under the protection and beauty of a fabulous event tipi having organised 50 weddings in their very first year of operation.

Among their clients is gorgeous celeb couple Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, who hired a Big Chief Tipi for their lavish big day back in July 2015! Impressed? Us too! So much so that we’ve called upon Big Chief Tipis to showcase some of their stunning structures at our exciting WEDSTIVAL16 event at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on 22nd May 2016 – which will be one of the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions!

To celebrate becoming a Brides Up North Sponsor, Big Chief Tipis are offering our readers an amazing 5% discount on bookings, just quote “Brides Up North”.

We’ll now hand over the blog to those knowledgeable Little Chiefs to explain what makes a tipi wedding so special…

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Can you give us a little overview of Big Chief Tipis and the services you can offer to our bride-to-be readers?

Here at Big Chief Tipis we specialise in hiring out large event tipis for weddings throughout the UK. The dream alternative to a marquee, our tipis create a breath-taking space for you to celebrate in the great outdoors. All of our tipis can be interlinked together endlessly to create a space big enough for any number of guests. They are perfect for both summer and winter weddings as you can raise the sides when the sun is shining, or you can lower them down and light a fire inside when the weather is…British!

Our aim is to turn your dreams into memories and we have a dedicated team of Little Chiefs on hand around the clock to ensure these memories are the happiest of your life!

We are a young company, with a vibrant team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who absolutely love weddings. In our first year of operation, 2015, we organised 50 weddings – one of them being Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding, after which we appeared in Hello magazine as they loved us so much!

Why do tipis make a great option for weddings?

When planning a wedding, we ask our brides – what do you desire? Do you want something unique, exclusive, fun, stunning, individual? If the answer is yes to any (or all) of the above, then a tipi wedding could be the answer you’re looking for.

Our tipis act as a popup venue that can be erected practically anywhere, so that you can enjoy your big day with friends and family in the great outdoors. Whether you have a large garden, your grandma’s field, a campsite with amazing views or a local venue with land, our team of Onsite Little Chiefs can work their magic within one to two days, to make your vision a reality.

Our motto at Big Chief Tipis is “making dreams into memories” and with your wedding, we’ll do just that. We know that your special day means the world to you and that you want to have the best time of your life within a space that brings fun, love and atmosphere. A wedding in one of our tipis is like no other party and we can guarantee that your guests will leave with smiles on their faces and their dancing shoes worn out! Even the most sceptical of guests who are expecting to walk into a ‘wigwam’ are blown away when they see our 21st Century version of what was a very traditional space.

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What types of tipis do you offer?

We offer three different sizes of tipis – our Big Hats (10.5m), Midi tipis (8.5m) and Baby tipis (6.5m). They can all be interlinked together to create different spaces. For a wedding, we tend to work off 50 people per tipi, which will leave enough space for a dancefloor. So if you have 80 to 100 guests then two Big Hats is perfect but you may want to add on a Midi tipi to act as the bar and chill out area. In addition, our Baby tipis can be linked to the main formation using a tunnel which creates the perfect chill out space with Moroccan styled furniture or children’s play area complete with multi-coloured bean bags and bunting.

How many guests can your tipis cater for?

The answer is “How long is a piece of string?” You can use one tipi on its own for a more intimate gathering of 50 people, or you can interlink a number of our tipis together to create an incredible space to accommodate a wedding in excess of 400 guests.

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Can the tipis be used for weddings all year round?

Big Chief Tipis is open all year round as our tipis are perfect for both summer and winter weddings alike. We can lift the sides while the sun shines for you to enjoy the weather and views, or we can lower them to protect you from the elements and light a fire pit inside to create a magical and cosy vibe. The bonus of booking with Big Chief Tipis is that our sister company is The Tipi Company, which manufactures the tipis for the tipi hire industry, and as a result we have a few additional extras that set us apart from the rest – such as our weather-proofing kits complete with doors and clear view windows!

Do you offer extras such as toilets and heating to make hiring a tipi a simpler option?

Yes, we can take care of all the ‘boring bits’ for you, including generators, toilets and heaters, and plan the timings of arrival / collection of them all to coordinate with the set up and break down of the tipis and the layout of the site, so that you don’t have to worry about any of it.

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be sure to wear some flowers in your hair: it’s wedstock16!

April 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Here at Brides Up North HQ, we’ve been planning for almost a year, and drawing the finer details together for many a month, but all of a sudden, our festival wedding fair season is upon us!  By looking around the four walls of the blog this morning you *might* be able to tell that we couldn’t be more excited to get this party started… and you’re all invited.  All eyes firmly on May!

This is going to get a little. bit. EPIC.

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wedstock16: a brides up north wedding festival

Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 8th May 2016, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

Brides Up North in association with Shades, Tipi Chic, Curious Tent HireStockeld Park and Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibition in 2016. With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 8th May 2016 Stockeld Park will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, tipi hats, an arched wedding tent, a vintage MASH tent, bell tents, an Indian cupola tent, chill out areas, a Pimm’s tent, street food vendors, lakeside cafe, picnic area, cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion, a bloom bar, and 60 luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your festival wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures, come rain or shine, we’ve got your inspiration sorted. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Watch this space for more news and “line-up” announcements, coming soon!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTOCK16‬

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bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK16 for you and your party.

We’re also giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the full schedule and to apply. 

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

Images by Darren Mack.

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diary date: totem tipi launch

April 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve just concluded an absolutely fabulous month of #AprilINSPO here at Brides Up North HQ, hosting our branded events across three regions.  We’ve met so many beautiful brides and gorgeous grooms and packed venue upon venue full of sensational styling inspiration.  All eyes in the office are firmly on May now, and our epic wedding festival events, WEDSTOCK’16 in Yorkshire and WEDSTIVAL’16 in Cheshire, that will round off what’s been a stunning season.  You can find out more about those huge shows by clicking on the pretty banner above, and bride to be registration is now open. Whoop!

For now though – and if you can’t wait till next month to get your planning fix, we’re bringing you news of a local event that our Sponsor totem tipi are running on Saturday 30th April at County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE from 11am – 3pm.

Totem Tipi was born in 2015 and was developed by the Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) team which is part of North Yorkshire County Council. Totem is a business with a social purpose and proceeds from Totem feedback into the delivery of vital services across North Yorkshire.

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totem tipi say: Our event tipis are Stratus 72 tipis, also known as a Kata tipi or Giant hat. The stratus 72 is based on a traditional Scandinavian design. Due to their unique interlocking features, the kata tipis make stunning intimate venues for a small wedding party or can be joined together to create larger scale structures to cater for the largest of wedding parties. The structures are built to withstand harsh weathers. With strong sustainable timbers and waterproof fabrics, we can cater for all events in all seasons. So… whether you want to create a summer celebration with the sides up, or you fancy a winter wonderland with an open fire pit, indoors heaters and warm blankets then the tents can accommodate all ideas, seasons and tastes!

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As well as launching Totem Tipi‘s lovely tipi tents, local wedding suppliers will be at the event to showcase a range of products,  including cake decorators, videographers, photographers, bridal gowns and more.

Totem will also be using the event to kickstart their new competition: Win A Tipi Wedding. The free wedding giveaway will include the use of 2 kata tipis, flooring, tables and benches for up to 80 guests, fire pit and a dance floor. Pop along and sign up to be in with a chance to win the perfect outdoor wedding venue!

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For more information contact Totem at info@totemtipi.co.uk or 01609 535758. 

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outdoors in. maggie sottero for a marquee wedding in east yorkshire – ellie & dan

April 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (46)

When we first saw the images of Ellie and Dan’s wedding we were totally bowled over by their choice of venue for the ceremony – the amazing Beverley Minster. Talk about stunning! We love its impressive stained-glass windows and stone pillars.

Following their grand ceremony setting Ellie, Dan and their guests enjoyed a relaxed reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College and managed to bring the outdoors in, with the use of beautiful botanical décor and arrangements.

With images by Carly Bevan Photography.

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (12)

ellie says: Dan proposed on my birthday in October 2014 – it was a complete surprise. We’ve been together seven years, but he managed to keep it completely secret!

We set the date for 24th October 2015. Dan is a farmer so is busy working all summer and we wanted to enjoy the planning and the run up as well as the day itself. We got married in Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire, as we lived in Beverley in our first house before moving to the farm, and held our marquee reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College. We were very lucky to be able to use the Walled Gardens, as my parents live at the college, and it meant a lot to be able to be somewhere that meant such a lot for our special day. Everyone who got involved at the college were fantastic and went above and beyond in making our day such a success, and stress free!

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (69)

We didn’t really have a theme as such but the overall design of the wedding came from our invitations. We wanted to include all of the things that are important to us both, and all the other aspects of the day just fell into place from there. The marquee was set up in beautiful gardens and we wanted to bring the garden through into the marquee with lots of greenery, but also to keep it relaxed with lots of fairy light and subtle candles. I spent a lot of time getting ideas from Pinterest!

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (60)

As I always wanted my bridesmaids to wear navy blue and it’s my favourite colour, we went for mainly navy colour scheme with a touch of gold mixed in too.

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coffee & cream. justin alexander for a country garden style wedding at home – rachael & john

March 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Rustic Wedding at Home (c) Crayden Wedding Photography (45)

It might be Monday but we’re getting your week off to a pretty start with this wonderful rustic wedding that is brimming with inspiration for all you creative brides-to-be.

Much of the styling of today’s wedding followed after bride Rachael found her dream dress in the form of a coffee and ivory tea-length design by Justin Alexander. Fitting in perfectly with her desire for a relaxed country garden style wedding, Rachael teamed the neutral yet warm tones with elegant pastel shades and picked complementary décor in hessian and ‘just picked’ blooms to complete the look.

Rustic romance at its best…

With images by Crayden Wedding Photography.

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rachael says: John proposed on my 30th birthday in January 2013. It was during a meal with 11 family members – they all knew about it as John had visited my dad a few nights previous to get his permission. The morning of my birthday in typical John style he advised me he’d ordered me a present  online and it had been delayed because of the snow and it would be here in a couple of days, I thought nothing of it and went off to work. After meeting the family at the restaurant and after the family gift giving, John started to shuffle back on his chair and got down on one knee, I thought he’d drop something, then he proceeded to say I’ve got a little gift, I thought he was kidding until I saw the ring and instantly burst into tears of joy and he asked if I would be his wife. I obviously said yes – I felt so lucky and he looked so relieved.

Our wedding date was originally booked for New Year’s Eve 2015 but after feeling a little nervous about the weather we brought the date forward to 19th September 2015. My parents and sister also got married in the month September, which gave the date more meaning.

A Rustic Wedding at Home (c) Crayden Wedding Photography (64)

We had a church ceremony at the village church where my parents and sister got married. My parents live next door to the reverend and directly across from the church. We then went onto a marquee wedding reception at my family’s small holdings, which has a fabulous rustic feel and a large fishing lake.

We wanted a relaxed rustic, county garden feel to the wedding. I initially fell in love with the idea of tipis for the reception but after visiting a Papakata open day we saw the Sperry marquees and quickly realised they would be perfect as they had transparent side walls meaning we could take in the views from outside.

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